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Broad-leaved helleborine

Epipactis helleborine


An orchid from northern Eurasia first recorded in North America in the 1800's. Grows from a rhizome and may exist underground for up to 10 years before sending up a flower stock. Opposing leaves up the stock to multiple blooms. The top of the stock droops over when the buds are forming and then straightens as the flowers open.


Pacific temperate rain forest of fir, hemlock, big-leaf maple, red alder, and a few birch. Understory of Oregon grape, sword fern, and vanilla leaf.


Many areas consider this orchid an invasive plant but so far it is still uncommon in our forest.

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1 Comment

Hey Jean! This is definitely the plant we put a little enclosure around in my bush to wait and see what it was. I have several now!! hmmm

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Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Aug 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 24, 2014

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